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>> no noise, no clutter, just real reporting. the new al jazeera america mobile app, available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now on america tonight, revolution redo. they took to the streets and brought down a government, but remaining ukraine is proving to be tougher than they might have expected. >> it's our job to control the country, there's nobody else. when you turn and say who is that, it is us. >> america tonight sheila mcvicker travel to ukraine, and brings us a dependent at the challenges facing the new ukraine, even as the president arrived at the
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while house, with an appeal for help. also ahead, when young ambitions reach a dead end. teen moms are guaranteed a right to an equal education, why that so often doesn't happen. with a young mother who learned first hand. >> do you think people look down on you? of course they have. >> an indepth look at teen pregnancy, and education, and the fight to create opportunity for young moms. and on the edge, a journey into a lake of lava, why anyone would do this and how he survived it. good etching thank you for joining us.
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even as a fierce fight blazes on, the president arrived in washington with an urgent plea for u.s. support, he wants some after meeting with program who pledged 53 million-dollars in a security package, most of which will go to the military. but mr. obama stop short of agreeing to provide any kind of he that will aid. he asked for support in ukraine's battle against pro russian separatists, and for more western sanctions against russia. stressing that the international community must share in the fight. >> the war that these young men fight is fighting today is not only ukrainian war, everybody should understand that, it is europes and it is american's war too. it is the war for the free world. for the free world. >> for freedom, the cry, protestors at independent square, in ukraine's capitol city last winter, flash point sparked by debate over ukraine's
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economic future. over the past year that has entired into a larger issue. what happened at maidan clearly didn't end there. to bring us an undependent look at a revolution still underway. >> a new day dawns in kiev, ukraine 1500-year-old capitol. in her apartment, civil activist hannah prepares for the battles of her day. this sentence is very inspiring. with hard work, everything will be achieved with love. >> she has been fighting for an end to corruption,
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and to bring real democracy and reform. seven months ago, in the middle of winter, when that fight turned bloody, she was with tens of thousands of others, standing defiantly on kiev's central square. the mi audion. people were dying and even when her mother begged, she refused to leave. mother was crying, asking that you will be killed please, now, no, this is -- this is the fight of our generation, so i have to be here, because if everybody will be controlled by the fear, we will lose the chance to change the system. >> the protests began when the now ex-president refused to sign an agreement, bringing ukraine closer to europe, chosing a closer alliance to president putin instead. in the crack down, viktor yanukovych put police on
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the streets and turned snipers on his own people. when it was over, the president was gone. forced to three. the people claimed victory. but victory came with a terrible price. there were more than 100 dead. >> on this hillside, this is where almost all of those who dies during the protests were kimed. this is artifacts there's everything here from ski goggles and swimming goggles and motorcycle gloves, tear gas canisters that date from some earlier age, motorcycle helmets. backpacks. the things their kayryed with them when they were killed. and it's because of the people that died here, so that ukraine would have a new chance, that those who were fighting for reform now, say they can't give up. >> it is our opportunity,
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and we have to double our efforts, we owe them that. we owe our children, this is our mission. mission to work for ukraine. >> she has led a team of now 200 experts most of them like her, volunteers. urgently trying to revamp ukraine's bureaucratic and corrupt system. they are trying to radically reform every sector of government in ukrainian society, but out of the hundreds of pieces of legislation they have drafted parliament has passed only 12. ewith didn't criticize for six is months. this is the question on the future of you crane, and we have are to remind them. >> this is the man ukraine's new president chose to lead the reform effort, demetry former c.e.o. of microsoft ukraine, and veteran of several successful start ups.
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we need to streamline decision making. >> now he sits behind a massive soviet style desk, with a half dozen supposedly secure phones at his side. still trying to figure out all these phones. >> they are called super secure. >> i am hearing frustration from some of those people that share your commitment, that in six months, very little has happened. >> sometimes i wish we could do it faster, but can you move faster when half of the apparatus, structure are bureaucrats are are the same, we need more young generation. more new movement, and it is not happening like this, everybody is expecting miracles thatly have not have miracles. ukraine's government
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hadn't even joined the electronic age. >> you have a big thick piece of pape cher is a table, so you are looking at this, and it is like great, thank you. >> because everything was on paper. >> before deciding to help ukraine by joining the new president's team, she was one of those pushing for change forgoing his microsoft salary to build barricades and teach at the university of the streets. >> here you were, the senior executive of one of the most successful companies, what -- a major multinational, why did you do that? >> it all started when police starting beating kids at night. it's been one of the most difficult moments when you see what was happening. it's been a very stressful moment, and you can't silt home and watch all that. so you stood up, and fight. because if they can do
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that at night, to the innocent kids, they can do it to anybody. and you lose your freedom. and you lose everything. >> instead it was putin's puppet, who lost everything. includes this ukrainian version versa, built with money stolen from the people. it's the people that knew pose in front of the palace, gawking at the points and beautiful gardens. >> the problem is that while it is clear someone is taking care of this place, what is not clear is is where all the money goes. >> do you think after the next election, that ukraine will be better? that your country will be better?
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even here on the battlefield, fighting for sovereignty, the old diseases of corruption, and head banging bureaucracy, are playing a familiar role. a ukrainian american doctor has an organization dedicated to improving medicine standards for ukrainian soldiers. so all of the stuff that you put into the kits. >> it is an improved first aid kid. it's saved 15% of lives in iran and afghanistan, it's been tests. but to get this humanitarian aid out to soldiers she has had to climb a bureaucratic mountain. >> they tell us that in the ministry of defense that they can't buy anything that isn't approve uhed be i the ministry of health, the health says it is up to the ministry of defense to tell us what they want to buy, and then we will put it into our list of things to buy, and it is
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just this sort of vicious circumstance ple. they are pretty clear corruption, do you feel trouble dealing with that. >> they put in some old style ex-soviet kind of kit, probably because it's being registered by a business who knows somebody in the ministry who wants the ministry of defense to buy 100,000 kits. the small square plastic kit that is this big, smaller than you would have in your home or in your car, and inside are two band-aids a condom, a little comb, one package of gauze, and i think two alcohol swabs. but uh it's this little kit that even kids in kindergarten probably have better kits. publicly the government says it can't afford to
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buy the kits. her group has donated 3,000, and is training soldiers to use them, despite resistence. they are among the trainers they are not military, but veterans of the maidan. >> what do commanders and the soldiers that you are working with say to you? what do they say to you about this. >> in the month since then, they have set aside their previous professions. >> what lesson dozen you take forward. >> hannah is changing her
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life today, stepping as a candidate in the parliamentary elections that are are meant to change the face of the government. something she says people have begged her to do. >> why are are you not run aring to parliament, you know in this transition period, in the country, if such people like you will not run, whom should we trust. >> for generation maidan the 23 years from the old soviet union have been squandered. they have this chance. and it may not come again. >> it is our job to transform the country, there's nobody else. there's nobody like when you turn and say who is that, it is us. >> so maidan represent as commitment and an opportunity? true what matters is you belong to this country, this is your country, this is your future. this is your independent. >> america tonight is back from ukraine now. quick to come in and report with us, so sheila, this really is a critical moment, so much
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is happening. right now. >> so much, the war in the east, there's now a cease fire in place that cease fire holds more or less, there is a promise of greater awe ton my from the president for those in the east. and at the same time, you have this struggle in kiev, which really is a struggle fundamentally for the future of ukraine. the future of a domic ukraine, and the future of a reformed ukraine. i was struck by the president's speech today, linking a lot of issues that are are very close to america's hearts, about independents about the right to self-determination, all these things. a very passionate speech. it is not just he that will aid. >> no, they need nonhe that will aid, and that's what the united states has promised.
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but as the president told congress today, you cannot win a war with blanket, we need all the non-lethal aid that is being offered up. the medical kits the night vision, all of those things but they also say, listen, our military was allowed to deteriorate, we are are now facing a much better equipped much better armed foe. in rush are sha. and we need better equipment, we need better training. and we need help. from the west in order to establish that. >> and needs it now. >> needs it now. >> back from her reporting in ukraine, thank you so much. when we return, an independents movement more than 300 years in the making. scotland finally votes. will it with the end of it's place in the united kingdom. later in our program,
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young mothers and the law that is supposed to protect their opportunities. are you upset this is close? >> i am. title nine guaranteed equal quality education. for pregnant and parenting young women. equal. quality education. >> america tonight adam may with an independent look at teen pregnancy and education. why it is often so hard just to keep a young man on track.
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imagine this, a voter turn out of 97% as scotland votes it's future. the debate over the independent from the united kingdom dates back hundreds of years but it could finally end with the millions of ballots being counted right now, by most accounts the results are too close to call, with emotions running high on both sides, scottsman lined up hours before the polls even opened to make their voices heard. >> 7:00 o'clock, we are are now open for business. >> more than 4 million voters from scotland's wind spent islands to the bittest city filling polling stations to
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answer one question, should scotland be an independent country? it is a long fought debate, with many battles before scotland joined the united kingdom 300 plus years ago, in the final stretch, two years of hard campaigning and with an empassioned plea. >> this opportunity is truly historic. the men and women all over scotland, knowing that the moment has come, it is our choice, our opportunity, and our time. >> but polls show for many, it is a tough choice. surveys show the votes almost evenly split. >> i think after three hub years it can't be any worse than this government. >> i just don't believe that the yes campaign was convincing enough, about hailed could go wrong. so they had -- they had not the worst cases.
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the yes campaign promising a more prosperous. currency problems defense issues and security concerns. and scotland's future in european alliances. we are are not voting for a one term government, we are voting about -- for scotland's future forever. it is that important, if we vote to leave, there is no going back. >> and whatever the outcome, leaders have a lot at stake, the prime minister and his party have promised the scotts greater awe ton my, if they stay, but proindependent scotts see that as a last ditch effort that is just too little too late. it is the one opportunity you have to break the hold that westminster has over the whole country, they have been lying to decadeso many decades that this is the one chance we have to break free. al jazeera lawrence lee joins us now, where the latest on what we have
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are heard coming out of all of this, the polls there's quite a bit of vote counting to be done. what is the early indication. >> well, there was one exit poll, we weren't expect -- the pollster has said it was so tight, thatdy want to do it, but it has turns out there's been one exit poll by a company called ugov and that we are are hold is on the internet, that has put no to independents on 54%, and yes at 46%. if anything, that's more of a gap than all the polling over the last week had indicated if you equalize out the polls over the last week, they were more or less 52 no and fourle yes. 48 yes. that poll ends up being a more accurate barometer, it would suggest as many people have thought that the yes campaign speaks possibly the best part of the fortnight when one
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poll had put them ahead for the first time. but the no campaign plans on thing as lot harder, and potentially the yes campaign may have peeked too early. but it was very very close all the way, in the end, what you still have here, clearly, even if it ends up being yes, is now a fully fledges independence movement in the part of what is the world's richest countries. so it has changed politics. >> regardless of the outcome, politicians have a lot of stake, some could end up losing their jobs. >> well, there has been a fairly substantial call in particular for the prime minister, to resign. if scotland voted for independents. after all, it was he, who allowed this to happen in the first place, and he set the terms of this the nationalists had wanted a third option. which would still be controlled from
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westminster, but far greater powers for the nationalists. on the assumption they would win happen somely, that has turned out to be a bad calculation, and they have had at the 11th hour, because the polls are so close to off the scotts more even without asking the per mission of their own parties. even if it ends up being a no vote, there is a great deal of anger, who are saying well, hang on, this could be a no vote, and yet we have even given the scotts more power despite that, even if it is a no, they will get more powers. >> al jazeera lauren lee reporting to us, thank you. >> when we return, closing the books on opportunity. >> that was your classroom right over here. >> this one right, yep. right next the the greenhouse. >> your desk is still in there. >> yeah.
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>> there's a ton of stuff in there. >> so look all these resources sitting here in this boarded up building. it's wrong. why a law that is supposed to protect their ambitions isn't enough. later in the hour, triple different heat wave, what is going on with the weather? is el nino wac? >> my name is shaquan mcdowell i'm a 17 year old teenager. i go to a public high school outside of the city limits of atlanta. it's 99% african american we do get a quality education. you know we have teachers that really care about us as far as the african american stereotypes, all the music they listen too is rap, they only use ebonics, they don't know how to speak proper english, they've never read a book in their life, all they do is get high, smoke weed, no... i've never been exposed to
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anything like that... coming from a mom who as a single mother, had her first child at 16, who is the ceo of her own company, me being someone who is about to graduate, who is the recipient of a full scholarship, the stereotype is absolutely flawed. >> did it ever cross your mind that. being a single mother that, your children may end up like the statistics say they're gonna fail >> being a single mom... raising five kids, i've always said you guys, you be 100% the best that you can be >> i would like to run for the senate in 2032. then it leads to the great big goal in life, to run for the office of the president of the united states of america >> catch more stories from edge of eighteen on al jazeera america
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now a nap shot of stories making headlines. australian police say they thwart add plot by
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isil supporters to carry out public beheadings. two men have been charged in connection with the plot, investigators say that an australian born now working with isil, ordered supporters to carry out the beheadings. that come after a wave of excessive force allegations against border patrol agents. a limited number of acts will begin testing the cameras on october 1st, at a new training academy. new reports of domestic violence within the nfl, according to police, jonathan dwyer, of the arizona cardinals head butted his wife, breaking her nose after she tried to stop his unwanted advances. police ace rested him wednesday on charged of aggravated assault, he has been deactivated from the all team activities. for young mothers in our country, a different kind
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of crisis everest college year, more than 300,000 teenager girls get pregnant, it is the number one reason they drop out, most never make it back to finish a degree, which often leads to a downward spiral. the law is supposed to protect those young women, but many still fall through the cracks. owe look at the tough road for moms looking for a brighter future. >> my oldest daughter. my younger daughter, she is three. >> get out of the way. and my son maim is emanuel, he is one. >> at 19, she is already the mother of three children. sometimes it gets overwhelming, but i take it one day at a time. her kids are healthy and happy, and for that she is thankful, but the quiet calm teenager
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hasn't had it easy, she he is was raised by a teenager mother, the father of her first child, is dead. the father of her second, incarcerated. fist pregnant at just 13 years old, she thought about p doing out of school, what was it like when you were 13 and you found out you were pregnant? it is not a good feeling. i was ashamed. i was, my family, you know, they were disappointed and they told me that they weren't going to help me, so i thought i was going to have are to drop out and move. she managed to hang on through the end of 8th grade, and was referred to the kathryn ferguson academy, detroit's only high school for pregnant and parents students. >> it was a second home to me, like i said, when knives middle school, and when i went on to high school, i felt like a outcast.
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>> she was so committed she took three buss to get to school in the morning. with her babies in tow. >> kathryn ferguson academy for 20 years was a place that offered a good public school education. not only to pregnant teens and parents moms but to their children. >> joy shown is a lawyer with an advocacy group in detroit. >> for the first time in their lives, not to be hold to be ashamed of themselves, because they had gotten pregnant, that their lives were over, that they were going to end up poor and their children would end up poor, and the school did everything possible to expand the horizons of the girls and their children. unlike a traditional high school, it also offed on site day care, and early elementary education. and it bested an astonishing 90% graduation rate. be uh tough results had a high price tasker
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roughly $13,500 per student, each year. and with the city's public school system under the control of an emergency manager, the school was slated to close. s there were bro tests and a sit in by apingry students and teachers. so the district negotiated a compromise. the school would be reopened, as a private for profit charter school. but the honeymoon period was short lived. >> they ended up telling teachers not to teach, they reare named the teacherers advisors. they were found their own externship, to find people to shadow. >> how did that work out. >> couldn't find one, who want as high school student running around their office, and they were supposed to be doing that two day as week. they had to have transportation to get their kids to the school, for child care, and then find their own transportation to the
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nonexistence externship, and back to the school to pick up their kids at the end of the school day. >> sounds like a disaster. a disaster. >> within two years the schools enrollment dropped from 300, to less than 100. then in june, the once model school was shut down. >> that was your classroom right over here? this one right here. >> you desk is still in there. >> yeah, there's a ton of stuff in there. >> like all these resources sitting up in this boarded up building. it is wrong. it is just wrong. >> nicole taught here for six years. >> when i was hired in here, it was made very clear to me, we offered the full high school curriculum, every -- all the courses, that they have at any high school in detroit. the line here was your brain didn't change when you got pregnant.
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>> she says under the new rules she was only allowed to teach two days a week. >> now, kathryn looks frozen in time, rooms full of empty cribs, sitting there collecting dust. >> where you upset. >> furious. i am. title nine guarantees equal quality education, for pregnant and paraphernaliaing young women. equal quality education. title nine is the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination and education. it's best known for creating equality in women's sports programs. but it also protects against discrimination in education based on pregnancy. more than a dozen students and parents including have file add federal lawsuit under title nine. >> the suit alleges that teachers were not allowed to teach the state mandated curriculum, and failed to employ certified teachers and key subjects.
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america tonight requested comment from the public agency that authorized the charter school, but received no response. at the national women's law center. pregnancy discrimination, is all too common. >> i get calls every week from students from parents, at the high school level, and even graduate school who want to succeed and know that education is the ticket, but who are pushes away by their schools. >> coffman says few teenagers or their parents know they have rights under title 9. if they have absences related to pregnancy, they have to be excused. if they miss work when they are absent for pregnancy, the school has to allow them to make up the work they miss. and give them an opportunity to stay on track. quo see an attitude among schools that if they
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don't punish these students, that somehow it's going to set a bad example going do make everyone want to get pregnant, and that's just ludicrous. >> we can't blame young women, who have children early. and then blame them again, because they don't finish their education, and we don't give them the support they need. >> like many of her peersar keyla dropped out. after it was privatetized. at the time there was no other school that supported pregnant teens. >> but she did manage to earn her g. e.d., and she is about to start a new job. >> what do you think needs to be done to help teen mothers graduate. >> just stop looking down on us. because that's just -- you know makes us want to given up -- it just makes it easier for us to.
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>> you think people have looked down on you. >> yeah. of course, they have. guaranteed she is determined to break the cycle of poverty, and say her time gave her the confident to do it. >> adam may, al jazeera, detroit. >> detroit public schools did authorize another charter school to start pregnant and parenting students that is due to open this fall. we will keep the focus on the challenges of pregnant teens on this week's episode of the critically acclaimed series edge after 18. another serj for opportunity has led to nearly 40,000 foreign laborers most from india and that pal to work on military bases. places like afghanistan, iraq, and elsewhere as too.
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at al jazeera found they are regularly end up deceived and indebted. victims of traffickers fault lines correspondent investigates whether the u.s. military has come to reare lie on an indenture work force. the floor corporation, and dine core international. these companies are called prime contractors because the u.s. government hired them directly. >> they all work together. serve uhl really good food. >> most of the contract workers here work for smaller companies, subcontractors can floor hires to do basic task, cooking cleaning and laundry. there is the enjoyment of watching your food made in front of you. right. >> the people serving
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food here work for these subcontractor s, christmas dinner on the face of it it is a little odd. american and european troops being served by indians and nap pallies in afghanistan. the workers line-up separately for indian food. we requested to film here the military had to ask permission. floor denied our request. but uh i did chat with the workers when we ran into them on the base.
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it wasn't long before i heard about a unique aspect of their employment to get these jobs they all had to pay fees to recruiting agents. i asked several people if they would talk to me on camera about how they were recruited. most were hesitant, not wanting to jeopardize
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their jobs. but a few hours later i got a message. >> one of the workers i met at the dining hall just contacted me, he wants to talk to us about his story, it isn't easy to talk openly on this base, even though he is right here, so we are trying to find a place to meet. the worker asked us to conceal his identity. he told us to meet him at an empty part of the base after he finished his shift. >> he told us he was tricked into working in afghan zahn for a salary that was less than half of what he was promised. it started when a friend back home introduced him to a recruiting at. who told him that for a hefty fee he could get a job in afghanistan works for dine core. hi would fly to dubai, and then travel to the base.
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he said he would send me. and i would get basically. the catch, the job didn't exist, instead, the agent housed him in a work camp in dubai after three weeks the agent told him that for an additional fee, he could get him a job with a subcontractor. when i saw my contract, there was only $500. >> so you were promised a job at dine core. >> yeah. >> yep. >> and then you got a job at echo log for 500. >> yes. and i told -- i called him and i said i want to come back, i don't want to go for $500 because that isn't in nor it for me, so i didn't have a choice, to at least 500-dollars is better than nothing. so that's why i came. >> how much money did you pay the
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agent i paid 4,000 u.s. dollars and when i came first i got $500. you can calculate highway much i need to work to get that back, at least eight months and the interest, so it is like one year. >> he had been recruited under frond leapt terms that compelled him to work for a year, simply to pay off his test. according to the state department, and the united nations, this is human trafficking. illegal u. sunday and international law. 30 or 40 people that signed the contract at the same time, and everybody have the same. >> what percentage of workers paid fees in order to get here. >> 99.99. >> after that story part of america's war workers first aired in march, the defense partner asked to use the program in it's anti-trafficking training. and in response to the film the u.s. special inspector general for afghanistan
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reconstruction opened an investigation into the labor practices of the two contractor. you can see the full program america's war workers on fault lines this saturday, at p.m. eastern. >> after the break, flash floods pour into texas and arizona, california, is dry. new extremes in the weather, and what that might forecast for the rest of us.
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nino watch was in march, implemented. the warming of the pacific does have a wide sweeping impact on weather. and america tonight's sees some of that underway, out west.
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coming over the hill. >> while a heat wave gripped southern california, thousands in northern california gold country are braves the intense heat. othernight the fire exploded the angry are blade has now blackened more than 70,000 acres. this shot taken of the smoke filled sky puts in perspective how massive it is. and thousands have been forced from they homes. >> you need to get out of there, and get out of there now, and we had like three minutes. >> i just knew i had to go. >> more than 3300 firefighters are on the front lines battling the place from the ground and air. it is just one burning throughout the state in texas.
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the ream innocence of tropical storm, in texas possibly hardest hit, downpours of up to six inches of rain in a matter of hours turn roads into rivers. the situation expected to only get worse. >> we are not out of thed woos here. we will be dealing with heavy rounds right into the upcoming weekend. which slams the region last week. but keep in mind, a uptick in pacific hurricanes and tropical tomorrows usually occur during an el nino year. so what is up with the weather. from climate central, and brian, explain this to us, is this an el nino or not. >> we are still with this since march. where it looked like it was building over the
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course of the summer, and then signs of it just disappears and now they are starting to reappear. signs are certainly showing to the point that it should form. >> they pay attention to a couple of different factors. one of them is the temperatures in the tropical pacific. the big thing they are waiting for that they are starting to line-up for quite long enough for scientist to officially say yeah, we are looking at el nino. >> remind us, if we haven't had the el nino effect, remind us what is all politics is local.
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the southeast is usually wetter and cooler. and then the northwest tends to be on the warm side. i know a lot are banking on el nino to help bust the drought, and good and bad news abouten that, which is that the good news is that el nino can break up droughts and bring heavy rains the bad news is that generally it happens in years that are are strong. and the way things are looking this year isn't going to be kind of that blockbuster. that would bring higher chance of heavy rains to california. yeah, here on the east coast we would feel the effects as well. >> it's -- it has a less effect on the east coast. certainly in parts of the midwest. there is a couple of other climate factors. science points that at least through the fall, this area will see above normal temperatures at
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least the likelihood is increased. certainly other things could nudge the climate one way or another. >> just a quick thought here. is this the sort of thing that will become permanent, if you come to expect flash flooding in places like arizona? >> i wouldn't say permanent, but it is a possible throughout the fall and the winter. another thing to consider is that it isn't just a question of how much rainfall, also where it falls and if there's a lot of osurfaces like we saw in phoenix, that leads to major flooding. so it is a combination of a lot of things what is going on with the weather, and how we are building things in the type of places we live. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> and ahead in our final segment, we take you right to the edge, where one daredevil went to within 50 feet of that,
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and lived to tell us about it. >> ..
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>> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live...
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down deep in our earth,g in just the last few days the philippines most active volcano, has shown signs that it might be ready to explode. officials ordered thousands to leave their homes, scientists are also keeping an eye in hawaii, as those volcanos look like they ma be be ready to make trouble too. researchers have never gotten as close to the center of a live eruption, as george who traveled in the south pacific, to bring us imaging you just have to see to believe. >> you can't help but look at this video and think now this really is hell on earth.
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it is a fuming, churning, lake of lava. waves it blowing up the inside of the crater. >> the bottom of the volcano is one of the most spectacular places in the world. >> they chose to repel into the heart of it, after getting a quick selfie. from the top down to the lake, it is 1200 feet that's a drop into fire, from about the height of the empire state building. a bit of a spoiler they did survive, and he told me, yes, it is every bit as incredible as it looks. >> how close are you really to it, and how high is the temperature at that point. >> well, the volcano itself is massive, so i am about 1200 feet down inside the crater, which was a two hour repel to get down there. and then when you see me at the edge, i am probably about 50 feet
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away from the actual churning lava. to get any closer would be suicide. that was the closest you could possibly get, and the heat radiating off of it is like being next to a blast surface. >> you are thinking what everybody else does, this can't be real. looks like it is straight out of a movie, star wars episode three to be exact. the volcano planet. >> when we look at this video of you at the volcano, it is not even real. >> well that's the thing, is that it is real, and i have seen the video so many times miles, and when i look at it i think it is some time of special effect, but it is not. it is one pun herself real, which appears to be what a water fall of lava, and you can see me in the video, this little figure in this reflect it suit, and i guarantee you it is 100% real. >> it is heat proof, but my goodness, you must
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still feel it. >> yeah, let me rephrase that, heat resistence. if you kit not have that protective clothing on you could only stand at the edge for maybe a few seconds at a time before the heat was so overwhelming you would get serious burns. so i was able to stand there and get as close as humanly possible to the lake of lava, but only for a few minutes at a time with the protective clothing. there were times when i was so close, that the lenes hood melted from the heat of the lava, i don't hold back when it comes to getting the shot, and that's what i am focused on, of course i want to do it safely, because i want to do it for many years. >> don't get any ideas abouten trying this yourself. >> 50-meter inside now. >> he is a professional at venturer. he has a t.v. show in canada called the angry planet series and chases storms, take as rubber boat out on an acid lake,
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and has been to the edge of other volcanos this one probably takes the cake. >> are all volcanos they all function this way when you get that close. >> they are all very different, and different volcanos they react and act quite differently. there are some where you can be five miles away and you are zillion is in the extreme danger zone. the reason why i chose this particular one, in the south pacific, is because it has this very specific type of activity. this lake that constantly boils away and it has been doing that for years. it is one of only five places are you can experience these lakes and that's what drove me there, because of the specific time of activity at that volcano. >> it is not everybody's vision of a holiday, but he says he wanted to share the thrill, of going right to the edge. >> this particular voyage, was to really showcase the beauty of
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this volcano, yes, they are dangerous, and dynamic, but if you know what you are doing, and i have a lot of experience, you can do it in relative safety. show the world, and obviously it has gone all over the world, so i am glad that people are able to see this, and experience it through my eyes. >> incredible images but that seems like a bad idea. that is it for us, this week on the program, deep brain stimulation, an exclusive look inside the operating room, how the procedure could help change the thoughts and obsessions of people suffering from severe psychiatric disorders. that's coming up this weekend. >> if you would like to comment on any stories you have seen here, you can log on to our website. good night, we will have more of america tonight,
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